Homemade Pizza Made Easy with Rustic Crusts

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If there is one thing Mike knows better than anything else… it’s pizza. The man would live on pizza if I allowed it. Everyone knows it is his absolute favorite thing to eat ever. So when I was approached by Rustic Crust to have an in home pizza night with their delicious crusts and sauces, I did not hesitate to accept.

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Rustic Crust makes it easy to have the perfect pizza night at home. With their ready made crusts and sauces, all you need is your favorite toppings to make your meal complete. All Rustic Crust ready-made crusts are made using traditional, Old World baking methods: Hand formed and double proofed for flavor. Rustic Crusts uses only delicious, all natural ingredients, select herbs and spices, and no GMOs or artificial ingredients. Unlike other premade crusts we have used it in past, you can literally taste a difference in freshness with Rustic Crust.

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The Rustic Crust sauce is equally as delicious. I am not a big fan of pizza sauce – any time I order I ask for “light sauce” but we really piled this on. The carton comes with three packets of sauce – measured out perfectly for the extra large crusts. I emptied the packet and let Midge help by spreading the sauce around. Then we topped it with cheese and veggies.

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About fifteen minutes later – dinner was served. Since I was on whole30 I had salmon and veggies, which made the family happy because they literally fought over the last slice.

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There are nine different Rustic Crust Ready Made Pizza Crusts to choose from. We actually cooked two different ones – the Cheesy Herb Flatbread and Tuscan Six Grain Flatbread. The Cheesy Herb Flatbread was our favorite – it had tons of flavor and baked up perfectly. I was super happy to have a meal that I could make right alongside my whole30 meal and the entire family be happy. And Mike of course was ecstatic about having pizza in the house again.

You can pick up Rustic Crust ready made crusts and sauce from your local health foods store or buy online to have it shipped directly to your door!

Tips For Healthier Teeth From Colgate Enamel Health

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This week I went in for my semi annual dental cleaning and xray. Now, most people I know absolutely hate going to the dentist – but I love it. That may be because I am happy to say that soon I will be celebrating my 35th year of no cavities. *tosses confetti*

If you know me, you know I carry a travel toothbrush and toothpaste at all times, and I am a bit neurotic about dental health. My friends have made fun of me for ducking in to bathrooms for a quick brush nearly every chance I get, but I do not mind. I remember my mother telling me as a young girl how important it was to take care of the enamel on your teeth as well as brushing and flossing regularly, so those were habits I established early on. When I saw that Colgate has a new line of products that focus on enamel health just like my Mom told me about years ago, I jumped at the opportunity to share.

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Colgate Enamel Health line of products help replenish natural calcium for stronger, healthy enamel, provide protection against enamel erosion and their multi-protection formula helps relieve tooth sensitivity while fighting cavities and freshening breath. The Colgate Enamel Health line includes three different toothpastes – whitening, sensitivity relief, and multi protection – as well as two specialized tooth brushes for sensitive teeth – Colgate 360* and Colgate Sensitive with Built In Sensitivity Relief Pen.

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My favorite product from the Colgate Enamel Health line is the Colgate® Sensitive Toothbrush+ Built In Sensitivity Relief Pen. Even though I am cavity free, I still battle tooth sensitivity big time. In fact, that is why I do not eat ice cream – it is actually painful for me. The Colgate® Sensitive Toothbrush+ Built In Sensitivity Relief Pen is not only healing keep my enamel healthy, but helping my sensitivities as well. The Sensitivity Relief Pen literally clicks in to the handle of the toothbrush for easy – and portable – use anywhere. I have replaced my little travel toothbrush in my purse with this one, thanks to that pen!

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In addition to using great products like Colgate to keep your teeth healthy, here are some great tips for you and your entire family:

1. Watch your diet. This one is a no brainer, right? The things you put in to your mouth can either help or hurt your teeth. Acidic foods and drinks can lead to enamel erosion which weakens your teeth causing increased sensitivity issues as well as leads to cavities and other oral issues. Mom always warned me about eating lemons – explaining how quickly they can break down your enamel. Foods that are high in starch and sugars are also causes of enamel erosion.

2. Watch your medicines. Did you know that medicines you take can directly affect the health of your teeth? Over the counter medicines like asprin and antihistamines can lead to enamel erosion. Instead of reaching for a bottle, try a natural remedy instead.

3. Get regular checkups. I know you hate going to the dentist. But trust me, when it is just a matter of cleaning and polishing and no drilling is required, the dentist is a much nicer experience! Plus your dentist has great treatments that can help treat and prevent enamel erosion.

4. Make your dental health a top priority. No, you do not have to get as neurotic as I am about it, but your dental health should be a priority in your ever day routine. And – parents – teach your children the importance of dental care as well. I am so thankful that my mother told me early on how important tooth enamel was and helped me create good habits very young.

These tips plus daily use of products like Colgate Enamel Health can help your next trip to the dentist be a positive one.

Caress Forever Collection Body Wash: My Gym Bag Essential

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In the last year I have changed my lifestyle to put a huge emphasis on my nutrition and fitness. I have traded “going out” for working out and cook at home about 95% of the time, as opposed to eating at restaurants 3+ days a week. My workout schedule is pretty rigorous, so one thing you will find I always have with me is my gym bag – stocked with all of my “must haves” for even an impromptu workout. When I was given the opportunity to try the new Caress Forever Collection, I knew immediately this was a gym bag essential.

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The new Caress Forever Collection is a collection of body washes that give up to 12 hours of fragrance release. Since I have begun training for my first triathlon, I have made jokes that my new “perfume” is a mix of sweat, chlorine, and IcyHot. Thankfully now with Caress in my gym bag, I can not only smell great after every workout, but for hours after. The Caress Forever Collection is the world’s first body wash with Fragrance Touch Technology. The breakthrough technology of Caress Fragrance Release Pearls™ releases bursts of perfume with every touch of your skin. The collection combines sensual floral notes to create a fine fragrance for up to 12 hours.

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I tried both fragrances – Love Forever and Adore Forever – and it is hard to choose a favorite. Both fragrances are light and flirty and really do last all day long. Caress enlisted the help of Master Perfumer Loc Dong to come up with these two signature fragrances. Loc Dong has close to two decades of experience crafting more than 40 renowned scents for major fashion and fragrances houses. Inspired by the confident and sensual modern woman, Loc Dong captured the widely coveted scent of the mysterious scarlet red rose with breakthrough Living Rose technology for the Caress Forever Collection. In addition to Loc Dong, it took more than 25 scientists across 4 continents to come up with this technological breakthrough in beauty.

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You can pick up both of the new Caress Forever Body Washes at your local retailer. Whether it is for your gym bag or for your shower at home, Caress will keep you smelling great all day – or night – long. Also be sure to follow Caress on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for new product releases, news and coupons.

BrainChase: Summer Learning Challenge Starts Soon

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Next week is Spring Break – which means there are only a few short weeks left until Summer. I am not sure who is more excited about no alarm clocks for 12 weeks – the girls or me. However something I am not looking forward to is days of “I’m bored” and “what can we do?” I also know that along with that boredom (my word children we can not go to the beach every.single.day) comes “brain drain.” Did you know your kids lose one to two months of learning over the summer months? This year we are battling the boredom and stopping the brain drain with a cool new online challenge called Brain Chase.

Brain Chase is an engaging and educational online treasure hunt for kids ages 7-14 supported by curriculum from Khan Academy and other online partners, to help prevent learning loss over the summer months. This five-week online summer learning challenge is like a massive global treasure hunt powered by reading, writing and math that keeps your kids engaged and beats off the “I’m bored!”  The platform can be completely personalized to your child’s academic level and Khan Academy does a pre-test to help students begin in the right place. BrainChase can be played on all major PC browsers as well as on an iPad and can even go with you when you travel!

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In addition to returning to school confident and fresh in September, Brain Chase Kid Adventurers get:

  • 5 weeks of structured challenges on external reading and math websites
  • Weekly writing exercises with feedback from credentialed teachers
  • Weekly progress reports emailed to parents
  • Exclusive access to an original animated adventure series loaded with hidden puzzles and clues
  • 3 adventure tools mailed to your home to help solve special bonus challenges
  • Participation in a massive global treasure hunt for a golden trophy containing the key to a safe deposit box holding $10,000

Midge is beyond excited about joining in BrainChase this Summer. At 9 a.m. ET on Monday, June 22, 2015, Brain Chase: The Sunstone of Cortés begins. Adventurers log in to watch the first animated webisode and meet Mae Merriweather, the star of the show. Then they dive into their first week of learning challenges. A proprietary (patent pending) learning management system – the “Dashboard” – tracks each student’s progress as they journey through the 5-week challenge. Each week the adventurers have four tasks: read for 15 minutes per day, write one journal entry, earn 10,000 points on Khan Academy, and do one bonus challenge. When they’re done, they unlock the next webisode, which contains hidden pictures, numbers, and riddles to help them guess the treasure’s location. In addition to the online curriculum, your kids will receive three different packages, each with its own letter and its own project. Midge barely let me take pictures before she ripped in to hers.

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The hunt for the Sunstone isn’t just fiction – there is a real golden Sunstone of Cortés and a key that unlocks a $10,000 scholarship buried somewhere on Earth. Every 24 hours, adventurers can log in to enter their guess of the treasure’s location based on all of the clues from the chase. The first adventurer to guess the location within a two-mile radius travels with his/her family to the treasure site to dig it up and claim the gold.

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Sign up right now for the EarlyBird pricing, and save an additional 15% by using the promo code MOSCATOMOM15.  The Early Bird pricing ends in just a few weeks and spaces are limited so you want to go ahead and sign up now. They have special sibling prices too, so the whole family can get in on the game!

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Sign up now at BrainChase.com and be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter for sneak peeks to this years challenge!

Nerd Block Jr – Our February Box

Remember a few weeks ago when I told you about Nerd Block Jr, a Canadian based subscription box company perfect for your little “nerds” at home? Well Midge received her box and she could not be happier with it. I too was impressed with all that came in it! She had a ball unwrapping it – played with every single thing in it… and promptly asked how she could earn her next box. I would say she is a fan. 

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Her special Imps and Monsters Nerd Block Jr Box came with a cool coloring/activity book, a journal, two bracelets, a Frozen figurine, and a cute little Pokemon plushie. Midge has just recently gotten in to Pokemon cards thanks to kids on the bus swapping them, so she was super thrilled to get to attach that little guy to her backpack.

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Nerd Block Jr is like the original Nerd Blocks, but there are specially designed for kids ages 6-11 and are full of all of the hot new toys and gadgets that kids love. There are five total Nerd Block boxes to choose from – and to be honest, I think our family needs two. The Nerd Block Jr Girls Box of course.. but check out how cute the Nerd Block Classic one is! I think even Mike would enjoy that one!

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You can easily subscribe to Nerd Block Jr and get a surprise box in the mail every single month! This is also a great idea for long distance grandparents and family who want to send a little something each month! You can even save money when you subscribe for longer periods of time than just one month!

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I am super excited to get Midge started with her own subscription and highly recommend it for your kiddos too. It is such a great price for something that will make them so happy, and you can rest assured that the products are safe and appropriate for your littlest nerds. Besides, everyone deserves happy mail days!

If you are ready to sign up simply go to NerdBlock.com to subscribe! Also check them out on Facebook and Twitter for special limited time boxes!